Those Who Trust in the Lord (Psalm 125)

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Psalm 125 is a song of ascents, expressing trust in God's protection and justice. It uses vivid imagery and key Hebrew terms to convey its message of faith and divine justice. 

The Psalm begins by comparing those who trust in the Lord to Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but stands forever. This comparison, using the term "trust" (בָּטַח [bāṭaḥ]), highlights the permanence and stability of faith in God. Mount Zion, a symbol of God's presence and the center of worship, represents the steadfastness of God's protection for his people.

The passage continues by describing God's encompassing protection over his people, like the mountains surrounding Jerusalem. This imagery emphasizes God's omnipresence and the security he provides. The Hebrew term "surrounds" (סָבַב [sābab]) conveys a sense of complete protection and encirclement, reinforcing the idea of God's unwavering support.

The Psalm then shifts to discuss the fate of the wicked and the righteous. It asserts that the scepter of wickedness will not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, ensuring that the righteous will not be led to injustice. The terms "wickedness" (רֶשַׁע [reša']) and "righteous" (צַדִּיק [ṣaddîq]) are central to the theological message, highlighting the distinction between those who follow God's ways and those who do not. This section assures believers that God's justice will prevail, and evil will not corrupt the righteous.

The Psalm concludes with a prayer for peace and goodness for Israel and a warning for those who turn to crooked ways. The mention of "peace" (שָׁלוֹם [šālôm]) in the context of Israel reflects a deeper longing for wholeness, well-being, and harmony under God's reign. The final verse serves as both a blessing for those who uphold righteousness and a caution against deviation from God's path.

Theologically, Psalm 125 emphasizes God's unchanging protection and justice for those who trust in him. It assures believers of their security in God's presence, the impermanence of evil, and the ultimate triumph of righteousness. This message encourages faithfulness and moral integrity, offering hope and reassurance of God's eternal support and justice.


Word Meaning
שִׁיר song
הַ definite article
מַעֲלָה ascent, step, stair
בטח trust
בְּ in
יְהוָה Lord
כְּ like
הַר mountain
צִיּוֹן Zion
לֹא not

Biblical text

125:1שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת הַבֹּטְחִ֥ים בַּיהוָ֑ה כְּֽהַר־צִיּ֥וֹן לֹא־יִ֝מּ֗וֹט לְעוֹלָ֥ם יֵשֵֽׁב׃2יְֽרוּשָׁלִַ֗ם הָרִים֮ סָבִ֪יב לָ֥הּ וַ֭יהוָה סָבִ֣יב לְעַמּ֑וֹ מֵ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃3כִּ֤י לֹ֪א יָנ֡וּחַ שֵׁ֤בֶט הָרֶ֗שַׁע עַל֮ גּוֹרַ֪ל הַֽצַּדִּ֫יקִ֥ים לְמַ֡עַן לֹא־יִשְׁלְח֖וּ הַצַּדִּיקִ֨ים בְּעַוְלָ֬תָה יְדֵיהֶֽם׃4הֵיטִ֣יבָה יְ֭הוָה לַטּוֹבִ֑ים וְ֝לִֽישָׁרִ֗ים בְּלִבּוֹתָֽם׃5וְהַמַּטִּ֤ים עַֽקַלְקַלּוֹתָ֗ם יוֹלִיכֵ֣ם יְ֭הוָה אֶת־פֹּעֲלֵ֣י הָאָ֑וֶן שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃